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“Out with Secondhand Smoke” in Seoul’s Gangnam District

“Out with Secondhand Smoke” in Seoul’s Gangnam District

SEOUL, Jun. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — In an attempt to stop the spread of secondhand smoke, the local government office of Gangnam-gu in Seoul has announced today that it is cracking down on people smoking in the streets. Gangnam-gu also said it was strengthening efforts to publicize the harms of smoking. Currently, there are a [...]

No More Special Treatment for Chaebol at Airports

No More Special Treatment for Chaebol at Airports

SEOUL, Jun. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Going forward, the transport of goods by a third party on behalf of South Korean conglomerate (chaebol) heads will be banned completely. A new system will enable customs officials to monitor passageways for airport employees which, some say, acted as channels for smuggling. This is according to recommendations by [...]

Revised Bill Offers Discounts for Hospital Stays and Dental Surgery

Revised Bill Offers Discounts for Hospital Stays and Dental Surgery

SEOUL, Jun. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting next month, the cost of hospital wards that can accommodate two to three people will be cut by half thanks to changes in public health insurance policies. In addition, the cost of dental implant surgeries for senior citizens over 65 years of age will fall drastically. The Ministry [...]

New Drone Areas Announced, Including One Near Seoul

New Drone Areas Announced, Including One Near Seoul

SEJONG, Jun. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — For the first time near the capital city of Seoul, a drone district is to be designated on a trial basis. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) announced yesterday that it is adding three more districts (Hwaseong in Gyeonggi Province, Gwangyang in South Jeolla Province and Seogwipo [...]

Gov’t, Party Officials Agree to Introduce 6-month Grace Period for New Shorter Work Week

Gov’t, Party Officials Agree to Introduce 6-month Grace Period for New Shorter Work Week

SEOUL, Jun. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – Senior officials the ruling Democratic Party (DP), the government and the presidential office on Wednesday agreed to introduce a six-month grace period for a new shorter working hours system that is set to go into effect from next month. Under a revised law passed in February, companies with 300 [...]

More Transparency for Bank Loan Interest Rates

More Transparency for Bank Loan Interest Rates

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting as early as the latter half of the year, consumers who have taken out bank loans will be able to request information from banks as to how their interest rates are being calculated. In addition, a detailed breakdown of interest rates for each bank to be publicly announced [...]

Gov’t to Crack Down on Hidden Cameras in Public Restrooms

Gov’t to Crack Down on Hidden Cameras in Public Restrooms

SEOUL, Jun. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — With spy cameras hidden in public restrooms becoming a serious concern to many in South Korea, the government has announced it will be spending 5 billion won to regularly check for hidden cameras installed in the over 50,000 public washrooms. The announcement was made today by three government agencies: [...]

New Campaign Gives Abandoned Dogs a Chance for a New Home

New Campaign Gives Abandoned Dogs a Chance for a New Home

SEOUL, Jun. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced today plans to operate a program that would allow Seoul residents to take a stroll in the park with abandoned dogs before making a decision whether or not to adopt the animal. The adopt-a-dog campaign is scheduled to take place at two venues in [...]